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WHS & Wellbeing solutions

WHS & Wellbeing solutions: learning from others

Have you found a way to solve a tricky work health, safety or wellbeing challenge? Maybe you've found a new way to make your workplace healthier or safer?

Find useful solutions and case studies here to help improve workhealth and safety and wellbeing.

WorkSafe experts review all stories, to make sure they meet our and your high standards.

Tasmanian Sliding Door Repairs (small business)

WHS & Wellbeing challenge

Issues associated with removal of sliding doors for repair work:

  • weight of doors (up to 100kg)
  • awkward wide grip
  • glass breakage
  • door being stuck
  • working alone
  • repetitive nature of work.

WHS & Wellbeing solution

Video presentation of lift trolley solution (external link)

  • Modified motorcycle stand/stair climber trolley to assist removal and lifting of sliding glass doors.
  • Worked with local engineering company to design and manufacture.
  • Trolley has exceeded expectations – lifts a double glazed sliding door (up to 100kg) with ease.
  • Solution recognised by WorkSafe Awards 2018.

St Vincent Industries (medium sized business)

St Vincent Industries - group photo

WHS & Wellbeing challenge

Rag cutting machine used for recycling old clothing presented a number of work health and safety issues:

  • poor dust extraction
  • difficult to maintain
  • ergonomically not well designed.

WHS & Wellbeing solution

  • University of Tasmania’s school of engineering (third year students) were engaged to design a solution.
  • Collaborative process with workers to develop solution.
  • 26 new rag cutting machines designed and manufactured in Tasmania satisfying relevant Australian Standards and the workforce requirements.
  • Solution recognised by WorkSafe Awards 2018.

St Vincent industries solution

Scorpion Pest Management Pty. Ltd (small business)

Scorpion Team

WHS & Wellbeing challenge

Building and maintaining optimal work health, safety and wellbeing culture:

  • the need to support work health and safety and wellbeing of all workers
  • aspiring to the best level possible
  • learning from incidents
  • maintaining positive attitudes towards risk management and compliance.

WHS & Wellbeing solution

  • External audit performed to identify opportunities for improvement.
  • Work health and safety manual with policies and procedures developed.
  • New sprayer system to vehicles to minimise back-pack sprayers.
  • Reverse sensors to all vehicles.
  • Purchase of scaffolding.
  • Employee training across all work health and safety risks: working at height, confined spaces, asbestos awareness, snake handling, first aid, chainsaw and scaffolding awareness.
  • Routine team meetings to communicate and encourage the importance of work health and safety and wellbeing.

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Updated: 3rd August 2020